The Congress leadership has commenced efforts to pacify the party MPs against raising contentious issues, including that of Telangana, during their meeting with AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday.

AICC general secretary AP affairs in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad convened a meeting of the Telangana MPs in New Delhi on Wednesday evening to convince them against raising controversial issues. The ‘T’ MPs who staged a protest in Parliament in support of the demand for a separate State had raised the pitch seeking a resolution to the vexatious issue failing which the party would suffer severe setbacks.

The MPs upped the ante against the Chief Minister for his statement in the recent Assembly session that he would not succumb to pressure mounted by the Telangana leaders and that his government would not sanction funds for the region. Mr. Azad reportedly wanted the MPs to observe restraint and not to raise such issues. They could rather focus on giving constructive suggestions on strengthening the party in the region.

Meanwhile, State Congress president Botcha Satyanarayana air-dashed to the capital this evening to greet AICC president Sonia Gandhi on the party’s victory in Karnataka.

He met the Chief Minister in the afternoon where the discussion was said to be centred on voices of dissent within the party.